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Friday, March 21, 2008

66 Mustang Trans Am Coupe

This is one of the neatest Mustangs I have heard about. A 1966 coupe with a race history going all the way back to the 60's. A race history which includes a class win at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona.

Many people don't realize that in 1966 Ford wanted to go racing to capitalize on the success that Shelby had enjoyed with the GT350. They delivered 20 1966 coupes to Shelby American to be prepped for the Trans Am race series. One of these, car #6, was actually prepared for FIA endurance racing.

One of the first things I noticed about this car are the lights on the doors. These were needed for car identification during the night portion of endurance races. The car owner, Jan Nelson, who has been involved with the car since its earliest days, told me that they are trailer lights from a local auto parts store! That is how they did it originally and that is how the car has been restored. Notice that the quarter ornaments are still in place. Not necessary for a race car but required by the rulebook.

I will post more information, and pictures, in a later post. I would like to thank Jan Nelson and Frank Dobias for showing me the car and answering about a million questions.


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